Ariel Ostad, M.D. on Whether Skin Cancer Affects Other Types of Cancer

Posted by Admin on November 5, 2010
The other aspect of the study was where individuals with skin cancer had a higher incidence of non-skin cancer, whether it was prostate, colon, lung or breast cancer. I have been practicing for over 15 years now and I have treated about 15,000 skin cancer patients -- about a thousand a year. I can say that I don%u2019t think it is the skin cancer that increases the incidence for patients to develop other kinds of cancer. When you look at a cohort can certainly develop other kinds of cancer, but that maybe because they are not living a healthy life style, they are not exercising, or they are not eating well. It is not the skin cancer that causes them to develop internal cancers.

I believe that because of the industrial world that we live in today the incidence of cancers is high --whether it is lung, colon, breast or even skin cancer. You can see that all around us. But I don’t agree with the conclusion of this study. Based on my experience I don’t see the association between a skin cancer and a subsequent cancer. I definitely think does it correlates with other skin cancers, but not internal cancers.

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